I’m a guitarist and teacher residing in the Triangle area. I completed my Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance (ECU, 2015) and have since been living in Raleigh, NC. I developed a strong interest in bluegrass and old-time music shortly before moving to Raleigh, and am now active in the Triangle’s traditional music scene.
I teach private guitar lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. I specialize in classical guitar and flatpicking (bluegrass/old-time/country), and can teach beginner to advanced lessons in those styles. For other styles of guitar, I can teach students up to the intermediate level. Lessons in music theory and improvisation are also available.
Thanks for your interest!
Very patient with beginners and very talented!
I've been taking Bluegrass and Flatpicking lessons from Brad for about 6 months now. Brad is great. He's very patient and easy going. He's a talented player who performs regularly and turns up at local jams. I enjoy his deep knowledge of the great bluegrass guitar players. He often introduces to new (old) bluegrass players, demonstrates what makes their style unique, and explains how work those techniques into my playing. I would not hesitate to recommend Brad.
Brad Farmer is a classically trained guitarist with an emphasis in Bluegrass guitar. He has the perfect teacher "temperament" and never gets frustrated with me...very patient and able to provide great insight on the best ways to practice so that you can obtain your goals quickly. While taking lessons with Brad, I have made marked improvements in a short period of time. Highly recommended!
I had started playing a ukulele on my own, hoping eventually to move on to guitar, but I wasn't getting any better following youtube videos. I figured the structure of live lessons would help. Brad has been perfect for this. He helped me with the basic mechanics of the instrument and allowed me to gain confidence. He encouraged me to make the jump to guitar and the transition was seamless. I really feel like my lessons are customized to me as we work on technical skills, music theory, and playing by ear. Each week he listens to how I play and what I want and adjusts assignments to fit my needs, all while emphasizing that playing music should be fun. I am very pleased with my lessons and thrilled with the progress I have made.
In the first meeting, I learn about the student's personal goals as a musician. We then decide on a plan for moving towards those goals. With most people, this means combining fundamentals (technique/theory/reading/ear training) while also learning music that the student is interested in.
I have a Master's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance, and over ten years of teaching and performance experience.
Out of a music store, while I was still an undergrad!
I've worked with students from ages 6 to 65 from all backgrounds and experience levels!